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Race in the Vampire Narrative

2015 - 180 pages

U. Melissa Anyiwo (Curry College, Massachusetts, USA) (Ed.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789463002905 ($ 36.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463002912 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463002929

Subject: Race Education, Race, Sociology of Education, Women's Studies

Number 4 of the series: Teaching Race and Ethnicity

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Race in the Vampire Narrative unpacks the vampire through a collection of classroom ready original essays that explicitly connect this archetypal outsider to studies in race, ethnicity, and identity. Through essays about the first recorded vampire craze, television shows True Blood, and Being Human, movies like Blade: Trinity and Underworld, to the presentation of vampires of colour in romance novels, graphic novels, on stage and beyond, this text will open doorways to discussions about Otherness in any setting, serving as an alternative way to explore marginality through a framework that welcomes all students into the conversation.

Vampires began as terrors, nightmares, the most horrifying of creatures; now they are sparkly antiheroes more likely to kill your dog than drink you to death; commodified, absorbed, and defanged. Race in the Vampire Narrative demonstrates that the vampire serves as a core metaphor for the constructions of race, and the ways in which we identify, manufacture, and commodify marginalized groups. By drawing together disparate discussions of non-white vampires in popular culture, the collection illustrates the ways in which vampires can be used to explicitly help students understand ethnicity in the modern world making this the perfect companion text to any course from First Year Studies, Sociology, History, Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, Criminal Justice, and so much more.

“Especially in light of recent events, such as the Charleston church massacre and the nation-wide protests over police brutality, each essay offers a sophisticated, yet accessible reading of the vampire that is meant to help students acquire the necessary theoretical foundation to understand race-ethnic categorizing and to participate in contemporary public debates.” – Ana Gal, University of Memphis

“Students and educators alike will benefit from the thought-provoking explorations gathered in this collection as they re-examine classic texts in the vampire canon and, perhaps, learn of ones that thus far have lingered at the peripheries of it.” – Lisa Nevarez, Professor of English and Director, Multicultural Studies Minor, Siena College, NY


Melissa Anyiwo is a Professor of Politics & History and Coordinator of African American Studies at Curry College in Massachusetts. A transplanted Nigerian-British citizen with background in race, diversity, and visual archetypes, she regularly writes and presents on vampires and their connection to racial stereotypes including Too Dark for the Moonlight: The Invisibility of the Black Vampire. In addition her published work includes the edited collection Buffy Conquers the Academy (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013); and “Using Vampires to Explore Diversity and Alienation in a College Classroom” in The Vampire Goes to College: Essays on Teaching with the Undead (McFarland and Company Inc. 2013).

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